The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to present our third solo exhibition of Charlotte Dumas: Anima. The series was commissioned by and recently exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and is comprised of portraits of the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. Dumas photographed these animals in their stalls as they relaxed and moved towards sleep after a day of work. Exposed only with available light, these pictures are both powerful and intimate. She has also created a video work portraying the animals at rest that will be screened in the project gallery.
Drawing inspiration from classical portrait painting of the 17th century Dutch Golden Age, Dumas travels the world making evocative formal portraits of animals. She characterizes them by their utility, social function, or by the way they relate to people. "The bond between mankind and animals, and the extensive history that it accompanies, is my great interest," says Dumas as she seeks to express how humans "use and regard animals for our own purposes, literally and symbolically."
This body of work follows numerous tightly edited series made by Dumas in the last decade that have been published and exhibited widely. In 2002 Bomb Magazine published the "Police Dogs", and her series called "Day is Done" depicting the military horses of Rome was shot in 2003 and shown at Dumas' Dutch dealer Paul Andriesse in 2004. She has worked with tigers, wolves, working and stray dogs, and most notably in 2011 her "Retrieved" series in which she located most of the surviving dogs that did retrieval work after 9/11. Many catalogs and monographs have been published on
Dumas' work and they will be available for viewing and purchase at the exhibition.
Currently, a major survey of Dumas' work is on exhibition at the Institut Néerlandais in Paris through January 20, 2013.